Lacework's Andreas Schneider: How to adapt as a CISO and the value of security failures

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Written by Thomas KinsellaCo-founder & CCO, Tines

In this episode of the Future of Security Operations podcast, Thomas interviews Andreas Schneider - the Field CISO EMEA at Lacework. Leveraging its data-driven platform and cloud-native application protection solution, Lacework helps organizations make sense of immense amounts of security data with minimal effort. 

With over two decades of experience in cybersecurity, Andreas started off as a defender working on mainframes for a financial services company before building up his first security team within the Swiss broadcasting industry.

Topics include: 

  • After discovering computer games like Risk, how Andreas found himself accidentally working in security.

  • Building up the security team for a Swiss broadcasting company and managing large-scale environments sensitive to interruption.

  • Why Andreas moved to Lacework after first experiencing the platform as a customer, feels comfortable dealing with large-scale attacks, and enjoys what he does.

  • The shift to DevOps and why security needs to evolve continuously and become more decentralized.

  • The changing role of the lonely CISO, the importance of culture and accountability, and how Andreas approaches his work to identify gaps.

  • Why Andreas believes it's essential to talk about security failures, and why he prioritizes listening to developers.

  • How Andreas carefully chooses vendors and security tools to help his team avoid alert fatigue and friction that slows their processes down.

  • Why Andreas believes machine learning and automation will be key in the future of security operations, and human behavior will remain the most formidable risk.



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